Me and my Russo 55 have been getting along just fine these last 6 weeks ... I provide the coal and air and the stove does the burning and heating. In this forum there is a thread on carbon monoxide evolving from our coal stoves. So far my detector has not tripped off. I understand a blockage in the flue system can lead to a CO_2 emissions into the living space.
My question is what other conditions or defects in a system can lead to CO_2 emissions into one's living space..??
Last edited by hyway61 on Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
Co occurs as a result of incomplete combustion. It is a perfectly good fuel when combined with one more atom of oxygen to become CO2. When a wood fire is starved for air it smokes. When a coal fire is starved it produces CO. A stoker feeds continuously and when less heat is desired the feed rate slows and if the air is also adjusted for the lower rate very little CO will be produced while maintaining efficiency. A small hot fire all the time. That is not practical in hand fired stoves, so to slow combustion the air is restricted leading to CO production and limiting efficiency.